Today was the day, I got to see another amazing play by Neil Simon. Last month’s I Ought to be in Pictures was the first of these two fun events. When I saw the movie Barefoot in the Park years ago, it was the first place that I saw the brilliant actress Jane Fonda, wow that woman is talented! So cool getting to see her when she was this young, especially after watching her in Grace and Frankie!! With Robert Redford being the other lead character and them all following the script of Neil Simon, the movie was super fun to watch! I was so excited to see the play that this movie was based on, and tonight totally lived up to my expectations. I went with my mom and a good friend of hers and we all had a blast… don’t think I stopped laughing at all during the entire play. The Ottawa Little Theatre did a superb job with the entire performance.
Newlyweds Corrie and Paul Bratter, played by Katherine Norland and Jesse Lalonde, move into their very first apartment and start realizing the difficulties of marriage. Watching Corrie, the fun-loving, positive bride begin this journey with the uptight “stuffed shirt” lawyer was one of the funniest stories to watch unfold on stage. To add to the funny-ness of the play, is the fact that this new apartment is on the top floor of the building and we see everyone huffing and puffing at the door when they get up. The acting each and every time this happened was belly-achingly hilarious. Another favorite of mine was the role of the mother… a very overbearing, neurotic woman who loves her daughter to pieces and always wants to show it. The wonderful actress Christine Drew played this role of Ethel Banks in the play completely perfectly. These things and everything else about the play made the experience one that I won’t forget.
To read more about the play and watch a clip, click here.